A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Rear Adm. Matthew Kohler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and was commissioned an ensign in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida, as a naval intelligence officer.
Kohler has been the commander of Naval Information Forces since its establishment in October 2014. His other flag assignments include director of intelligence (J2) U.S. Africa Command, deputy director of naval intelligence (OPNAV N2)/N6I, deputy commander Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet; deputy chief of Tailored Access Operations at the National Security Agency.
His operational tours include intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron (VF) 102 (F-14) on USS America; N2 for Commander, Amphibious Squadron 1 on USS Peleliu; and N2 for Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, USS George Washington Battle Group.
Kohler's shore tours include: intelligence analyst; Commander, Navy Installations Command (CINC) briefer and intelligence systems and communications officer for U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England; junior intel officer detailer and assistant community manager, Bureau of Personnel in Washington, D.C.; deputy J2 and CENTCOM deputy team chief, Joint Warfare Analysis Center in Dahlgren, Virginia; director of Intelligence Operations United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida; and J2 for Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida.
Kohler holds a master’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and in military history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Kohler’s personal awards include two Legion of Merit Medals, four Defense Superior Service Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.